The Crucible vs. McCarthyism

Kwontez Moses ---- 14 November 2014

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

The Salem Witch Trials are known as a series of court hearings and accusations pertaining to witchcraft and doing the Devil's work.

  • based on the Salem Witch Trials
  • took place in Salem, Massachusetts
  • took place in the year 1692
  • regarding witchcraft
  • not completely how the Salem Witch Trials carried on
  • event started when girls were spotted in the woods dancing around fire
  • wickedness was said to be in the area
  • punishment was death or imprisonment
  • some characters and events are fictitious


Like the Salem Witch Trials, McCarthyism was a period of false accusations and punishments.

  • began when Republican U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy stated "there were Communists spreading throughout the United States"
  • regarding the Second Red Scare
  • took place throughout the United States
  • took place during the 1950s
  • people were accused of becoming or being part of a Communist party
  • referred to as witch-hunts
  • also called the "Modern Day Salem Witch Trials"
  • gave people fear of being called a Communist
  • based off the Salem Witch Trials
  • term McCarthyism was coined in 1950 in reference to McCarthy's practices

Relativity of "The Crucible" & "McCarthyism"

The Crucible & McCarthyism

Both the Crucible and McCarthyism share similar traits such as:

  • Both deal with mass hysteria
  • Both deal with mob mentality
  • Regards false accusations
  • Punishment was a bad reputation or death (The Crucible)
  • Fear is the object of the two
  • Both are in reference of the Salem Witch Trials
  • Court hearings were involved with both events
  • Both are regarding hatred as well